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Palgrave Studies in Urban Anthropology

Shichigosan

Change and Continuity of a Family Ritual in Contemporary Urban Japan

Authors: Papp, Melinda

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This book presents a case study of shichigosan, an extremely popular childhood family ritual in contemporary Japan.  It is an interesting example of a custom with very ancient roots (going back to the tenth century), that has undergone several transformations during the course of its history, adapting to changing socio-economic and cultural circumstances. Within the study, the ritual unfolds as a shared platform where basic social values, views on children and family life, and individual perceptions emerge, are expressed and moulded at the same time. This book offers a multidisciplinary approach to the study of a ritual practice in the intensely urbanized context of present-day Japan.

About the authors

Melinda Papp is Assistant Professor in Japanese Culture and Society at the Department of Japanese Studies, Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) University, Hungary. She has published on themes concerning Japanese folklore religious beliefs, modern patterns of family rituals, and consumption. She has edited the volume Encounters with Japan: Japanese Studies in the Visegrad Four Countries. 

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Papp, Melinda

    Pages 1-10

  • The Study of Ritual in Contemporary Urban Society

    Papp, Melinda

    Pages 11-27

  • Consumption and Ritual

    Papp, Melinda

    Pages 29-44

  • Consumer Culture and Changes to the Ritual Calendar in Postwar Urban Japan

    Papp, Melinda

    Pages 45-86

  • Shichigosan: The History of a Japanese Childhood Rite of Passage

    Papp, Melinda

    Pages 87-135

Buy this book

eBook £63.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-56538-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £79.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-56537-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Shichigosan
Book Subtitle
Change and Continuity of a Family Ritual in Contemporary Urban Japan
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Urban Anthropology
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-56538-9
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-56538-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-56537-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 262
Number of Illustrations and Tables
5 illustrations in colour
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